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Joseph Elsegood Journal

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 21 Sep 2011

Biographical History

Joseph I. Elsegood was an American Methodist minister in 19th century Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Joseph Elsegood Journal is a 140-page handwritten journal, signed, dated April 22, 1843 to December 30, 1844. The Rev. Elsegood, a young Methodist minister and circuit rider, was appointed by the Conference to the Richmond, Northampton County, Pennsylvania circuit. Traveling from town to town (some nothing more than rough frontier settlements), the young minister officiates at weddings, baptisms and funerals, delivers sermons and lectures, and teaches Sunday School classes. Though most of the entries concern Rev. Elsegood's work, his personal life appears occasionally. He writes of his deep grief upon hearing of the death of his niece; only 9 months younger than her uncle, they played together as children and grew up together.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has made a concerted effort over the years to ensure that its manuscript and rare books holdings complement each other. As a result, many of our manuscript collections -- including those relating to the Methodist Church in New York and surrounding eastern states -- are supported by books, pamphlets, serials and other items which are cataloged in the Rare Books Collection. Please be sure to search the Classic Catalog for these related materials.

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Subject Headings


Elsegood, Joseph I.

Corporate Bodies

Methodist Church -- Clergy.
Methodist Church -- Pennsylvania.


Circuit riders -- Pennsylvania.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Joseph Elsegood Journal,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unknown, 1971.

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